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101  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: I hate the word "anathema" on: November 15, 2013, 12:21:27 AM
I would like either "flammable" or "inflammable" removed. Both mean the same thing, which is downright silly IMO. So dump one of them, please! Inflammable is too often misused for nonflammable. Stupid, confusing words!

Jim
102  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Remember Buckyballs? They Are Now Gone on: November 10, 2013, 04:13:30 AM
Really? I know that they are going after magnets in general, but I don’t see anything about the CPSC going after Zen Magnets on the Zenmagnets.com web site.

Jim
103  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: LastPass - What are your thoughts? on: November 09, 2013, 10:21:27 AM
Just another thanks to IainB for info, thumbs up I'm usually thorough about stuff like this, but this one I overlooked. I'm using Lastpass without any problems since 2010 and My number of "Password Iterations" was only 1, and when I've changed it to 5000 I've noticed that Firefox Lastpass addon is a little slower to login now, but I can live with that. smiley

I've noticed LP acting slower lately also but wasn’t certain if it was the new version or the change to the iterations setting.

Thanks!

Jim
104  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: LastPass - What are your thoughts? on: November 08, 2013, 11:20:42 PM
My biggest annoyance with LastPass on an iPad is actually not their fault, but Apple's. On my Android phone I use the Dolphin browser and it allows extensions not unlike Firefox in Windows. Install the LastPass extension and it fills login fields automatically or by clicking on the LP icon. Very convenient. On the iPad though extensions aren't permitted and so LastPass is not allowed to fill login credentials in any browser other than its own. So I must copy and paste my usernames and passwords manually. Of course since you can't show multiple windows at once this means opening one over the other and then vice versa. Just a PITA!

Jim
105  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Remember Buckyballs? They Are Now Gone on: November 08, 2013, 09:28:23 PM
Oh the irony... Three years ago mouser started a thread about Buckyballs' bullying of the "little guy", Zen Magnets, with onerous legal threats. mouser's opening line in his post was: "It brings a warm glow to my soul when i see a little guy fights back against the bullying legal intimidation of the big companies." In context, Zen Magnets was "a little guy" and Buckyballs was "big company" who was using "bullying legal intimidation" against them. Oh how the wheel doth turn!   Grin

Kinda makes you wonder if the owner of Zen Magnets has friends in high places at the CPSC!

http://www.donationcoder.com/forum/index.php?topic=24101.0

Jim

106  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 02, 2013, 10:10:39 PM
Renegade: I don't know your Wikipedia editorial status, but your article isn't there or can't be found.
 (see attachment in previous post)       (see attachment in previous post)

It got deleted really fast.

And you are surprised?? Shocked and appalled?  Wink   .    Grin

Jim
107  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 01, 2013, 11:06:06 PM
Reasons for Admission to the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, 1864 - 1889

[attachthumb=#1]

Jim
108  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Collectorz' bold new subscription-based update plans - brilliant? or suicidal? on: October 31, 2013, 12:30:55 AM
I purchased the damn "lifetime licenses" for their movies, music, and book collection programs. I have lost lifetime licenses in the past - more than a few. It is generally inevitable, as the lifetime label makes it a sure loser at some point. So that is not the most disappointing aspect. But dropping support for all databases except his own was one move that lost me. That was the main cause of death for my use of their software.

Just as big was the way he responded to users on the forum. Alwin is - or at least was - about the most arrogant and obnoxious developer I'd seen. He's post and insult anyone who said anything he didn't like. I mean, not just defensive posts but outright nasty attacks on some users. Granted some users were nasty also, but Alwin was the nastiest by far. I had no desire to deal with him at all.

Unfortunately my current "collections" software developer - FNProgs - apparently just went out of business without warning too! I purchased SoftCAT, BookCAT, CATVids, and CATraxx, as well as his newest program AssetCAT. All are now abandonware I guess. Time to start looking again. But it won't be at Collectorz.com!

Jim
109  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: EMDB: Eric's Movie Database on: October 29, 2013, 10:25:52 PM
Sorry to resurrect this thread, but I thought I would mention - for anyone subscribed to this thread - that Movienizer is available today on Giveaway Of The Day. I realize it's late - the giveaway ends in about 4 hours - but maybe enough time for someone to pick it up!

I'm looking again anyway.... FN Programs has just become "abandonware"...  sniff... sniff..   Cry

Their forum was read-only for a couple of months - I figured he was getting too much spam or something, though it was definitely suspicious, and tonight I went there and the entire site is gone! Just a basic file listing page where you can still download the latest versions and a note with an email address if you lose your license key. And a thank you. No other info. Damn... Here I go again.

Thank you.

Jim
110  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Musician Lou Reed has died on: October 28, 2013, 10:58:29 PM
I think that most remember his "Walk On The Wild Side" as the first song they heard from Lou. (Not sure but I believe that was his first track that made regular radio play, at least in the US). That was (as I saw it, popularity-wise) followed closely by two Velvet Underground tracks, "Perfect Day" and "Pale Blue Eyes". Of course there is also "Sweet Jane" and its famous secret chord!!

Ah, he will be missed...  Lou was 71 years old??!?  Damn I feel even older than I am now!  (Or.. shit - I guess I am that old!)

Jim
111  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows Networking, help me understand. on: October 26, 2013, 01:34:56 PM
Planning to do that tonight when I get back upstairs.

Naturally Windows 7 defaults to that when you first set up a network.

...

I'm not sure if you ever got your networking problem resolved - was the problem Win7 having "HomeGroup" set up as the default?

Yikes! Actually my first home network on Windows 7 did default to HomeGroup - Windows 7 does that unless you specifically configure it otherwise. In XP and earler versions I had always declined the "Simple File Sharing" choosing instead to set it up manually. And HomeGroup appears to be nothing more than a little polishing up of the old "Simple File Sharing" concept.

But I immediately discovered HomeGroup's limitations the first time I used it and - after doing a bit of web searching and article-reading on Windows 7 networks - I changed the configuration to Advanced Sharing. Unfortunately I haven't been able to obtain the same level of access that I did achieve on XP.   Sad

BTW, I haven't yet looked at the user setups on my wife's machine... I have to do that - as well as ANY kind of maintenance - when she is not wanting to actually use her machine! If I go near it when she is in the office she gets a little... well... ornery.   tongue  (Naturally I sometimes do this intentionally, but I have to be prepared, have an escape route planned or at least a couple of my kids to hide behind... Hey - I want to live!!)   Grin

Thanks!

Jim
112  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How Much Do You Trust Wikipedia? on: October 26, 2013, 12:48:19 PM
This concept (sock puppets) has been a known problem at Wikipedia for years now. Wonder why is this news now?

Jim
113  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / LinkedIn "Intro" App Reroutes & Reads Your Email on: October 25, 2013, 10:08:01 PM
I don’t subscribe to LinkedIn (though I receive "invitations" to join daily from them), but if I were ever considering it I am pretty sure this would the convincer to NOT subscribe.

According to this article at Bishop Fox the LinkedIn app for iOS7 reroutes all your email - IMAP and SMTP -through their own servers, with a whole lot of security concerns attached to that.

Here's the article.

Jim
114  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows Networking, help me understand. on: October 21, 2013, 11:40:28 PM
If you say it one more time I might shoot you!

Naturally Windows 7 defaults to that when you first set up a network. I guess it isn't bad for a lot of folks who don’t have many needs, but it is very limiting, at least for me. I hate HomeGroup!

Thanks!

Jim
115  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows Networking, help me understand. on: October 21, 2013, 12:44:45 PM
No, I don’t have users setup on each machine for each of us. That was never a requirement on past OS's. Something new on Windows 7?

That has always* been the (incredibly annoying) case for workgroup file sharing for the reasons given by mwb1100 above. Only alternative would be to go the Home Group route which allows machines to pre-authenticate via group membership.

*By always I mean NT4 and up, since Win9x was a DOS not a NOS and therefore doesn't count.

Oh. Ok. I didn't realize that was the case. So rather than ditz witj my lengthy list of questions, why not just set up identical logins for you and your wife on both machines and see if that cures the problem. I'm very sure it will.
 Cool Thmbsup

Planning to do that tonight when I get back upstairs.   smiley

Jim
116  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows Networking, help me understand. on: October 21, 2013, 12:43:50 PM
No, I don’t have users setup on each machine for each of us. That was never a requirement on past OS's. Something new on Windows 7?

That has always* been the (incredibly annoying) case for workgroup file sharing for the reasons given by mwb1100 above. Only alternative would be to go the Home Group route which allows machines to pre-authenticate via group membership.

*By always I mean NT4 and up, since Win9x was a DOS not a NOS and therefore doesn't count.

I hear what you're saying.... but before I had these two computers I had five XP machines in my house, and I could access ALL files from any one of the others. And I did not have the same user ID and password on more than one. Did it like that for a few years. So I don’t know why there's a discrepancy between what you say has always been the case and what I was doing!

Jim
117  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows Networking, help me understand. on: October 21, 2013, 10:24:02 AM
We do have separate user accounts, none with blank passwords. However I do have both configured for auto-login so the passwords for each of our users do not have to enter the passwords every time.

No, I don’t have users setup on each machine for each of us. That was never a requirement on past OS's. Something new on Windows 7?

I have the ASUS stock firmware on my router. I haven't updated it yet. I was told in the past by ASUS Support - when I was planning to update firmware on an ASUS motherboard based on someone's suggestion - that I should never update their firmware unless I was having a specific problem and the newer firmware is supposed to address that problem. (True? Good advice?)

I haven't changed the firmware to Tomato or DD-WRT. Why not? Because I don’t know much at all about it and all help/instructions/tutorials I have reviewed did not seem to be addressed to the "uninitiated". So not being knowledgeable and not really having any specific firmware problems, I figured why screw with it. I know it is supposed to give me more options and more control, etc., but then again I have read a lot of sad posts from folks whose attempt to update to those firmwares failed - and they don’t seem to receive a whole lot of support getting things running again. They usually get told that if they didn't know what they were doing then they shouldn’t have tried updating. Sounded like pretty good advice to me!

My router settings have a lot more screens to show the same info as yours, 4wd. I can post screen caps of all if necessary though.

Thanks!

Jim
118  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows Networking, help me understand. on: October 20, 2013, 11:28:35 PM
@Jim:

I'm sure the hive mind here at DoCo can get you sorted if you give us some additional info:

1. What are you using for a home router?

ASUS NT-R16

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2. What are the router's network and wireless settings (excluding any passwords)?

There are several pages of them. Do you need all or just specific settings?

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3. On each machine, -

  • what specific flavor of Win 7 are you running?
  • are you set up for a workgroup or homegroup?
  • what are the network settings for your wireless card or NIC
  • what are you using for security software? Is it one of those suites or just an anti-malware package?
  • are you running a firewall other than the one built into Windows

Windows 7 Professional (My computer) and Windows 7 Home Premium (Wife's computer)
Both setup for Workgroup
Both hardwire-connected to router
Security software on both machines:
Anti-Virus = Norton AntiVirus 2013 (Standalone AV - no suites)
My computer also has Malwarebytes Pro, while my wife's has Malwarebytes Free version.
Network settings for NIC:

*** What all do you need here? The Properties box for the NIC on each machine? Status box?

Thanks!

Jim
119  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Internet freedoms restrained - SOPA/PIPA/OPEN/ACTA/CETA/PrECISE-related updates on: October 18, 2013, 01:34:17 PM
OIC, I think.
I am seriously concerned that US pressures are likely to screw up the Internet for everyone else and that it could become just another tool for US economic hegemony/colonisation.

Which is pretty damn close to what we have now....

Jim
120  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows Networking, help me understand. on: October 18, 2013, 01:08:58 PM
This thread started out as very interesting to me... Then you folks all apparently switched to another language and lost me.   Sad

It all used to be so damn easy. Now I cannot get files to share at all - with two Windows 7 machines. I know damn well that on the previous OS's I could access everything on the other computers in the house. No more. I can access files on my main computer from my wife's, but not the other way around. It's not too bad now that I am down to only two running boxes here. But when I had five it was murder.

Being disabled it ain't easy to find out why my wife is complaining about not being able to find this or that file, or recovering her emails when she unexpectedly lost them. Not when our main boxes are upstairs in our office and I am downstairs on a laptop! Getting up and down is definitely doable for me - but pretty painful. Now we're both on Windows 7 and access is gone. I have been through about every networking article I can find online without success. And I see a LOT of others with similar complaints posting out there too, so I don’t think it's just a problem here. Microsoft has to know that there are a lot of users who are running a simple home network who don’t need all the crap you guys are discussing. (At least I think you are - you all could be talking about space travel for all I can decipher of most of this thread!!   tongue )

I know I have had this discussion here before - maybe a year of two ago - and I think the simplest suggestion was to use TeamViewer for file access. Can't remember why I abandoned that one; I know I tried it but didn't have the best results with it. I had a subscription to Go To My PC for a few years but that really just allowed me to access my main computer from others. Doesn’t work the other way around IIRC.

Anyway, thanks for the discussion!   Cool

Jim
121  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: LastPass - What are your thoughts? on: October 17, 2013, 09:11:41 PM
Surprising, and extremely nice! WTG LastPass!

Jim
122  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: LastPass - What are your thoughts? on: October 09, 2013, 10:35:24 PM
Thanks Iain! Long-time LastPass Premium user and mine was at "1" also... I agree that LP lacks communication.

Thanks again!

Jim
123  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Vocab tune-up on: September 28, 2013, 10:52:04 PM
Stephen Fry has a great essay on language pedants: summarized in an article here:  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/stephen-fry-takes-on-the-language-pedants/article624941/

Or read the entire treatise here:  http://www.stephenfry.com/2008/11/04/dont-mind-your-language%E2%80%A6/

In the article on his page - the second link above - the part about pedantry is at least halfway down the page.

Jim
124  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: jv16 Powertools 2014- Endorse Study Results Before They're Published?! on: September 25, 2013, 10:39:36 AM
@J-Mac: you and others must have touched a nerve. The link to your comments (http://www.macecraft.com/...t=5400&p=32983#p32983) along with the rest of that thread have apparently since been removed from the Macecraft forum.

That's a kinda jive thing to do even if they did publicly release their study after the fact.  undecided

Darn! You're right!

Says my last post was in 2010; doesn’t show my post from yesterday at all.

Jive isn't the right word...

Thank you.

Jim
125  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: jv16 Powertools 2014- Endorse Study Results Before They're Published?! on: September 25, 2013, 05:28:03 AM
Well, after receiving a number of other posts complaining about the above circumstances (requiring "endorsement" of their study prior to releasing it), Macecraft Software finally did go ahead and release the study freely. It can be found here: http://www.macecraft.com/registry-cleaner-benchmark-study/

The study basically shows that Windows 7 startup times decreased by 20% after cleaning the registry with jv16 Power Tools 2014. They claim that startup time decreased from 100 seconds to 47 seconds, which sounds unbelievable. Too good to be true?

Charts and graphs and screenshots available at the above link.

Thanks!

Jim
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